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Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie

Aerodynamic accessories reduce fuel and carbon emissions

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 A trailer, fitted with Serco’s aerodynamic accessories, had on average achieved a notable fuel saving of 2.5% during road tests conducted last month, said truck body and trailer manufacturer Serco MD Clinton Holcroft at the Johannesburg International Motor Show last month. He noted that this... 

MBSA hands buses over to the City of Johannesburg

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 The City of Johannesburg received 134 buses for its Rea Vaya Phase 1B in October from the the Daimler group of companies, a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, Mercedes-Benz bus and coach brand manager Dirk Ansorge announced at the Johannesburg... 

Truck manufacturer sees growth in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 Truck and bus manufacturer MAN registered substantial growth over the last 24 months in sub-Equatorial Africa, more than doubling its sales volumes since 2011, the company announced at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, which took place at the Nasrec Show Grounds last month. MAN... 

Truck manufacturer to relocate plant

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 Diesel truck manufacturer Hino South Africa’s truck plant, at the Toyota South Africa Motors manufacturing complex in Prospecton, near Durban, will be relocated to a nearby site during the plant shutdown at the end of the year, Hino South Africa VP Dr Casper Kruger announced last month at the... 

Truck manufacturer launches heavy-duty vehicle at Jims

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 Italian truck manufacturer Iveco launched its heavy-duty Stralis Hi-Way truck at the yearly Johannesburg International Motor Show last month. The Stralis Hi-Way had total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of up to 4%, with enhanced design, telematics, comfort and safety features, Iveco South Africa... 

Role and value of synthetic oils set to increase in transport sector 

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 Extensive research and development has seen the next generation of motor oils for both lightweight and heavy-duty vehicles move towards synthetics – complementing newer engine technologies, says petroleum industry company Shell South Africa commercial technical manager Raymond Abraham. “This move... 

Larger equipment trending

By: Carina Borralho     23rd August 2013 Manufacturer of specialised heavy-haul trailers and transportation equipment Talbert Manufacturing president Andy Tanner tells Engineering News that one of the latest trends and technological advances in the trailer and transportation industry is the manufacturing of larger equipment. To increase... 

GROWTH OPPORTUNITYThe traditional construction market for low-bed heavy-haul trailers is experiencing a period
GROWTH OPPORTUNITYThe traditional construction market for low-bed heavy-haul trailers is experiencing a period

Fuel monitoring system prevents fuel theft 

By: Carina Borralho     23rd August 2013 Measuring vehicle fuel-tank levels using the “Tank-I” system has proven to be a successful solution, as it enables fleet operators to monitor, manage and, ultimately, protect their fuel, says process control instrumentation and industrial electronics company Instrotech. “With the ever-escalating... 

Company’s trailer expo gives customers a voice

By: Carina Borralho     23rd August 2013 An exhibition displaying 65 trailers, of which 15 were different derivatives and many were new designs, was held in July to demonstrate Alf Finn Road Industrial Trailers’ (Afrit’s) ability to deliver products to suit specific customer requirements. “This event was different from others as it... 

US company brings lightweight truck side skirt to SA

By: Carina Borralho     23rd August 2013 US-based trailer aerokits company Freight Wing plans to launch its range of aerokits in South Africa with its local partner, designer and manufacturer of fibreglass refrigerated and dry freight vehicles Serco, following its success in the US market where it has supplied in excess of 100 000... 

Company wins best brand award for eighth time

23rd August 2013 Manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles Knorr-Bremse has won the title of best brand in the commercial vehicle sector brakes category of the Euro Transport Magazine awards for the eighth time in a row. 

Chinese truck manufacturer supplies Pretoria-based machinery company

23rd August 2013 Polson Vervoer, which hires tippers, water tankers, graders and rollers reports that since acquiring its first Powerstar truck eight years ago, it now has 20 in its ever-burgeoning fleet and is pleased with its performance. The company says that nearly half of its entire fleet carries the... 

Logistics company awards truck contract to German group

23rd August 2013 Leading South African logistics operator for long-haul transport Reinhard Transport Group (RTG) reports that it has bought 140 MAN TGS 27.440 semitrailer tractors for its Chrome Carriers fleet. The contract was awarded in July to manufacturer of commercial vehicle engines and mechanical equipment... 

Diesel service centre invests in new technology

By: Carina Borralho     23rd August 2013 Over the last three years, a significant percentage of Reef Fuel Injection (RFI) Services’ budget allocated to investments has been spent on acquiring new technology to increase its competitiveness. The Germiston-based company, which is the accredited service and warranty centre to diesel fuel... 

Trucks undergo stringent tests

23rd August 2013 Renault Trucks reports that it has conducted the most stringent testing programme in its history on the open road and at its La Valbonne test centre site in France. The first deliveries of the new truck range will be made to customers at the end of September/early October. 

Challenges in truck trailer industry affect steel demand

By: Zandile Mavuso     23rd November 2012 Rising imports of trailer kits from the Far East and labour unrest in the South African mining sector are impacting negatively on the demand for steel from local truck trailer original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), states Robor Baldwins, a division of the Robor group.  

Logistics company expands truck fleet

By: Zandile Mavuso     23rd November 2012 Zambia-based logistics company Buks Haulage Limited (BHL) has expanded its truck fleet, with 80 new FAW trucks from China delivered in October this year. 

SA transporters urged to use more efficient vehicles

23rd November 2012 South African authorities should consider introducing more incentives to encourage transporters to replace older commercial vehicles with newer, safer and more environment-friendly models, states trailer and truck body building company Serco MD Clinton Holcroft. 

New truck design wins prestigious design awards

23rd November 2012 Vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz’s Actros truck has won two more prestigious design awards – the German Design Award 2013 in the Transportation and Public Space category and the Focus in Gold 2012 award from the Design Centre Stuttgart 

Trailer vehicle recovery tool suitable for transportation of large mining equipment

23rd November 2012 US-based heavy equipment designer Philippi-Hagenbuch (PHIL) launched its HiVol Lowboy Trailer and Vehicle Recovery Tool (VRT) system for transporting equipment this month.  

Company concerned about growth of commercial vehicle underwriting sector

By: Zandile Mavuso     23rd November 2012 There have been some drastic changes in the commercial vehicles sector in the last decade and the number of underwriters operating in this sector has grown from 9 to about 26, reports truck insurance underwriter specialist Heavy Commercial Vehicle Underwriting Managers (HCV). 

Bearing manufacturer launches environment-friendly product

By: Anine Kilian     24th August 2012 Rolling bearing manufacturer SKF has developed its new Bus Door Actuator as part of the company’s BeyondZero portfolio initiative, which is a strategy aimed at having a positive impact on the environment. The SKF Bus Door Actuator saves 1.9 t of carbon dioxide emissions a year, compared with a... 

Trailer manufacturer signs business agreement, builds new factory

By: Anine Kilian     24th August 2012 Commercial trailer manufacturer Paramount Trailers has signed a business agreement with truck dealer Imperial Used Trucks, which makes it the official commercial trailer partner for the truck dealer. The agreement, which was finalised in May, resulted in a variety of consignment commercial... 

Partnerships to improve vehicle efficiency

24th August 2012 Global transport challenges, such as mobility trends, modern engine technology and new regulatory and specification requirements, are making the research and development of fuel and lubricant solutions critical for enhancing vehicle efficiency, states oil company Shell South Africa. “The... 

Transport company signs responsible care commitment

24th August 2012 Kempton Park-based transport company G&H Transport and Repairs has become the latest member of the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) to sign the Responsible Care public commitment. The company transports a diverse range of dangerous goods throughout South Africa, as well as... 

Truck, trailer body manufacturer delivers new sliding bogie interlinks

24th August 2012 Truck and trailer body manufacturer Serco has built new interlink combinations for a Johannesburg transport company, which needed innovatively designed trailers to handle a newly acquired dry freight business.  

New trailer features hydraulically movable axles

24th August 2012 Germany-based vehicle manufacturer Scheuerle has, along with its sister company Nicolas, in France, developed a new type of semitrailer featuring hydraulically movable axles. Along with the standard Superflex trailer version, single-telescopic and double-telescopic models are also available. 

Manufacturer stresses importance of safety

24th August 2012 For optimum safety on the roads and during the loading and unloading of materials, it is critical that drivers have a clear vision, not only of what is in front and behind the vehicle, but also of what is on either side of the vehicle, says automotive components manufacturer Stirling Accessories... 

Manufacturer improves extra-heavy truck warranty

24th August 2012 Truck and bus manufacturer Hino has announced a comprehensive warranty for its extra-heavy trucks in South Africa. The new warranty on the Hino 700 Series model range is now valid for three years with unlimited kilometres for on-road use and two years with unlimited kilometres when the truck is... 

Spring manufacturer maintains competitiveness

By: Anine Kilian     24th August 2012 Spring manufacturer, Springwell reports that several large export contracts by vehicle manufacturers are under way, which is positive for the South African economy and automotive component suppliers. However, as the scale of these projects increases, so does the competition between component... 

Green focus for truck and bus manufacturer

By: Sinette Goosen     18th November 2011 Local vehicle manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus South Africa reports it is able to serve the increasing demands for fuel-efficient heavy and extra-heavy trucks that have optimal power-to-weight ratios. 

Healthy commercial vehicles market drives services, support development

By: Sinette Goosen     18th November 2011 Owing to a significant increase in the sale of commercial vehicles, Hyundai Automotive South Africa (Hasa) reports that it is shifting its focus to improving the fundamentals of its specialised Hyundai Commercial Vehicles division to avoid outgrowing its service capabilities too quickly. 

Ethanol a good green option for SA buses – supplier

By: Sinette Goosen     18th November 2011 Truck and bus supplier Scania South Africa believes that ethanol-powered buses can be a viable option for greener transport in South Africa. 

Plant hire company receives 12 tipper trucks

18th November 2011 Plant hire company CE Plant Hire has received 12 tipper trucks from commercial truck company FAW this year, with the last two delivered in October. 

Manufacturer’s production facilities expanded by R100m investment

18th November 2011 Manufacturer and refurbisher of commercial trailers Paramount Trailers plans to increase its market share by investing in a new manufacturing plant. 

Manufacturer introduces new truck ranges  

By: Sinette Goosen     18th November 2011 Truck manufacturer and distributor Powerstar has introduced its new improved VX and V3 truck ranges at the Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS), held at the Nasrec Expo Centre, in October. 

City school group buys new buses

18th November 2011 The South African Board of Jewish Education’s concern for the safety of its students informed its decision to replace the bus fleet used for transporting pupils of the King David schools in the Johannesburg area. 

Creation of specialist division results in sales growth

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     19th August 2011 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) says it has experienced significant growth in commercial vehicle sales since launching its specialised Hyundai Commercial Vehicles division in January. 

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